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Extinct: no
Family: Austro-Asiatic
Branch: Mon-Khmer
Continent: Asia
Country: Cambodia, Thailand
Region: CENTRAL: Throughout the country. Also spoken in China, France, Laos, USA, Viet Nam. NORTHERN: Northeastern Thailand, mainly Surin, Sisaket, Buriram, Korat Provinces.
Countries Where Spoken: CENTRAL: 12,110,065 in Cambodia (2004). Population total all countries: 13,276,639. Viet Nam NORTHERN: 1,117,588 (2000 WCD).
Countries Where Official: Cambodia, Thailand
Native Speakers: 13,227,653
Speakers Total: 13,276,639
Phrasebase members who speak Khmer at a native level: 136
Phrasebase members who speak Khmer at a conversational level: 136
Phrasebase members primary language they are trying to learn is Khmer: 197
Phrasebase members secondary language they are trying to learn is Khmer: 1,688
Three Letter Code: KMR
Summary: CENTRAL: Distinct from Northern Khmer of Thailand. National language. Grammar. SVO. Bible 1954-1998. NORTHERN: Different from Central Khmer. Dialects are intelligible with each other. Bilingualism in Thai. SVO; prepositions; genitives, modifiers, relatives after noun heads; 1 prefix; CV, CVC, CCV; nontonal. Literacy rate in first language: Below 1%. Literacy rate in second language: 50% to 75%. Scrub forest. Plains. Peasant and intensive agriculturalists, craftsmen, educators, officials. 500 meters. Buddhist, Christian. NT 1996.

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